Someone You Should Know: The Town Kitchen. Food Delivery for a Cause.


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East Bay Express: The Town Kitchen: Food Delivery for a Cause

In the Bay Area’s tech-driven, convenience-oriented, “Uberized” economy, food delivery services that shuttle gourmet meals to your doorstep at the click of a button are a dime a dozen. But Sabrina Mutukisna’s new food delivery business, The Town Kitchen, is almost certainly the only one that is operated almost entirely by low-income Oakland youth — from cooking and packaging to  distribution and delivery. Not only does she eventually plan to offer steady employment to 43 Oakland youth between the ages of 15 and 24, Mutukisna said she also wants to offer employees the chance to receive college credit for participating in The Town Kitchen training program, which will equip them with skills for whatever career path they choose to pursue.

 

If you would like to support the project,….

The Town Kitchen: Youth-Crafted Local Lunch

 

A community-driven food business that employs and empowers youth.

 

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The Town Kitchen connects low-income Oakland youth aged 16-24 with local chefs and artisans to plan, prepare, build, box and deliver curbside lunch to companies and individuals in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay area.

 

Our Community Lunchbox highlights our community through food. Every menu is designed by a guest chef, created by our youth workforce, and partnered with local artisan food businesses. It includes a locally-sourced main course, dessert, and an eight ounce drink. Companies and individuals will order from a rotating monthly menu.

 

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We strive to create a community where low-income Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area youth can shine. A community where we will introduce youth to talented chefs & start-up entrepreneurs. In the next three years, we plan to provide fair-wage jobs and entrepreneurial training to 43 low-income Bay Area youth.

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A Commercial Kitchen, A Second Home for our Youth

For us, a kitchen represents so many things — passion, teamwork, sustenance, growth, and empowerment.  The right kitchen will allow us to lease a 2000 square foot kitchen where 10 youth will work alongside Bay Area superstar chefs to execute up to 600 lunchboxes a day.

 

Of the $40K we’re raising, we will allocate $15K to kitchen supplies and equipment, enabling our youth to prep delicious meals:

 

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A few highlights from our amazing list of rewards and perks:

Our Delicious Community Lunchbox!

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The Town Kitchen Tote

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The Town Kitchen (Perfect) Mug

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Canvas Utility Apron (actual!)

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Hand-crafted Leather Knife Roll (actual!)

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A dinner party led by some of these fine folks

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Youth are the core of The Town Kitchen. We will educate and train local low-income Oakland youth in food preparation, food entrepreneurship, and food justice. They’ll also take part in The Town Kitchen decision making and have equity in our business!

 

Hiring high-potential youth makes them less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to graduate from college. This is crucial because California has the highest number of incarcerated youth in the U.S. (11,532). California also has the second lowest percentage of youth (25 or older) completing a bachelor’s degree: 18.2%.

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Benefiting the Local Economy

Employing youth is also better for our local economy. For every $1 invested in youth skills, $10 goes back into our local economy!

 

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We are humbled to work closely with three amazing partners: Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (also known as I-SEEED), Youth Seed, and Impact Hub Oakland. I-SEEED is helping us create a curriculum for our youth that will give them college credits at San Francisco State University and other colleges, Youth Seed supports us with an engaging youth entrepreneurship program model, and Impact Hub Oakland is our amazing co-working space.
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We are also thrilled to work with talented San Francisco Bay Area chefs and artisans like Chef Jefferson Sevilla, formerly with Google’s San Francisco office and SpoonRocket, along with local artisan businesses such as Divine Chai, Sugar Knife Sweets, and Kika’s Treats.

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We’d be eternally grateful if you can share our campaign via your social networks (e.g., Facebook, and Twitter), email, morse code, telegraph, or any other way you can think of!

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Win a spot in The Town Kitchen Recipe Book!

Share your favorite (most impressive) recipe on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – with #TheTownKitchen – and you could land a spot in the official Town Kitchen Recipe Book! Our executive chef will select the top shared recipes throughout the month and our talented youth artists will illustrate them into a one-of-a-kind recipe book available online (and as a reward on this page!).

 

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Sabrina Mutukisna: Sabrina’s previous gig was the California Teacher Pathway, her go-to dance move is the “Roger Rabbit”, and her last meal would be her aunt’s crab curry.

 

JP Hailer: JP’s previous gig was Director of Operations for Growth Sector, her go-to dance move is The Funky Charleston, and her last meal would have to be a bean burrito and rice from Casa Reynoso in Tempe, AZ.

 

Jefferson Sevilla: Jefferson (Cheferson) previously worked at Google, his go-to dance move is the “Bernie Lean”, and his last meal would be a hot, steaming bowl of authentic Japanese ramen.

 

Jenn Gross: Jenn previously worked for the San Mateo County Health System, her go-to dance move is the “Running Man”, and her last meal would include her mom’s noodle kugel and carrot cake.

 

Linda Yang: Linda’s previous gig was Operations and Recruiting at AeroFS. Her go-to dance move is salsa steps and her last meal would be homemade dumplings by her family.

 

Katie Matsushima: Katie’s previous gig was Glass Guide at Google, her go-to dance move is the hand shuffle, and her last meal would have to be hamachi sashimi and steak hibachi at her family’s restaurant.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, ideas for perks, or just want to say hello, please contact Sabrina Mutukisna here: sabrina@thetownkitchen.org.

 

 

Help make it happen
The Town Kitchen: Youth-Crafted Local Lunch and the team!

 

In the Bay Area’s tech-driven, convenience-oriented, “Uberized” economy, food delivery services that shuttle gourmet meals to your doorstep at the click of a button are a dime a dozen. But Sabrina Mutukisna’s new food delivery business, The Town Kitchen, is almost certainly the only one that is operated almost entirely by low-income Oakland youth — from cooking and packaging to  distribution and delivery. Not only does she eventually plan to offer steady employment to 43 Oakland youth between the ages of 15 and 24, Mutukisna said she also wants to offer employees the chance to receive college credit for participating in The Town Kitchen training program, which will equip them with skills for whatever career path they choose to pursue.

 

“We want them to have transferrable skills, not just start a jam company,” she said.

 

Mutukisna is banking on the fact that customers will find that narrative compelling as The Town Kitchen kicks off a $40,000 crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. As of this printing, the company is nearly a third of the way toward reaching its goal, which it needs to do by December 20 in order to receive the funds.

 

A UC Berkeley graduate, Mutukisna said her interest in entrepreneurship stems from her own working-class upbringing — she was basically raised in her parents’ dry cleaners. Subsequently, she’s started her own cupcake company and worked as a mentor to low-income college students in San Francisco pursuing their teaching certification.

 

The Town Kitchen combines her passions for food and youth development. The company will be a for-profit enterprise — to make it more sustainable, Mutukisna explained — but the social mission will be at its very heart. Employees will be learning to cook and make deliveries promptly, but their formal coursework will also equip them with such marketable skills as web design, social media, and bookkeeping.

 

Of course, at the end of the day, The Town Kitchen is a food delivery business, not a charity, and the company will thrive or sputter on the merits of the service it provides. While it might be difficult to compete with a company like Berkeley’s SpoonRocket in terms of sheer speed, Mutukisna expects that the quality of the food — along with the feel-good story — will draw the kind of corporate clients that should be the backbone of the business.

 

 

A typical Town Kitchen meal will consist of an entrée (say, an open-face smoked salmon and egg salad sandwich or a soba noodle salad with free-range chicken), a vegetable side dish, and two locally produced artisan food items (usually a drink and a dessert). For now, the company’s head chef, Jefferson Sevilla, who previously worked for SpoonRocket, is doing most of the cooking. But the idea is that the youth employees will eventually get their food safety certification so that they can create the meals from beginning to end — and even contribute menu ideas. Once a month, The Town Kitchen will collaborate with a local “star chef” — a restaurant chef or food truck entrepreneur — on its weekly menu.

 

Since it launched earlier this year, the company has been hiring youth on a case-by-case basis for sporadic catering gigs, and it has made do with renting shared commercial kitchen space. The bulk of the $40,000 in funds will go toward securing a commercial kitchen space that The Town Kitchen will be able to call home. For now, the company is accepting large catering orders of thirty meals or more, with smaller orders available via the online marketplace Good Eggs starting in January. By the summer, though, Mutukisna hopes to hire The Town Kitchen’s first cohort of youth employees and expand the service so that anyone can order a meal delivered to their home or office on demand.

 

If you’d like to sample The Town Kitchen’s food offerings prior to its official launch, the company’s young employees will be selling lunch boxes at the San Francisco Bazaar craft fair and holiday show on December 13 and 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. And you can add The Town Kitchen’s holiday artisan box, which features Bay Area food businesses such as Slow Jams and Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets, to your list of food-focused gift ideas. Make a $100 contribution to the Indiegogo campaign by December 15, and the box will ship in time for the holidays.

 

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A Brand New Day™


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Robin Roberts and Michelle Obama at Working Families Summit

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Robin Roberts interviews First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at the White House Working Families Summit. Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church & playground shelled in Eastern Ukraine – aftermath footage

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

Wooden church and a nearby playground got under shelling in Gorlovka on July 29. A local woman was heavily injured as the shell also hit the bus station in front of the church. Gorlovka has witnessed fire intensification for the past days as Ukrainian army ratchets up pressure at Donetsk People’s Republic militia who are in control of the area.

 

 

Did The Pope Just Challenge The Church’s Position On War?

 

 

‘Let’s model democratic values right now’

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Round two! Guests Alan Dershowitz and Marc Lamont Hill reignite their spirited debate on Israel.

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Remain Deadlocked, Receive 4-Month Extension

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Gareth Porter: Iran has indicated it’s willing to draw down its enriched uranium stockpile, which could make a nuclear deal with the P5+1 within reach.

 

 

 

Today in History for July 30th

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

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Highlights of this day in history: Ex-Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears; Medicare and Medicaid signed into law; A blast rocks Black Tom Island; The USS Indianapolis sunk; Henry Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger born. (July 30)

 

 

 

Prostitution Legalization Movement Sparked In Bay Area By FBI Actions

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

“The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and “I hope to be doing it for another 24,” says Maxine Doogan.

 

But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 years ago.

 

Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing “consensual” prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website that prosecutors say hooked up clients with prostitutes and which sex workers saw as a vital forum to screen dangerous clients.”

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Full episode | July 29, 2014

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Tonight on the program, we take a look at Ukraine, where the U.S. announced deeper sanctions against Russia to urge the country to pull back on its support of Ukrainian separatists. Also: the NCAA agrees to settle numerous concussion lawsuits, how longer school days can benefit students, the effect of surveillance on reporters and their sources and a bipartisan push for criminal justice reform.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama To Award Medals To Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine.


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Obama to award medals to Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine

 

By Ms. LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities medals to Chicagoans Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron closely associated with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University historian Darlene Clark Hine.

 

Bios, from the White House….

 

Joan Harris for supporting creative expression in Chicago and across our country. Her decades of leadership and generosity have enriched our cultural life and helped countless artists, dancers, singers, and musicians bring their talents to center stage.

 

Darlene Clark Hine, historian, for enriching our understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the Nation we share today.

 

Complete list of awardees…

 

2013 National Medal of Arts

 

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  • Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist, Weybridge, VT
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joan Harris, Arts Patron, Chicago, IL
  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer, Valley Cottage, NY
  • John Kander, Musical Theater Composer, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Oakland, CA
  • Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Linda Ronstadt, Musician, San Francisco, CA
  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects, New York, NY
  • James Turrell, Visual Artist, Flagstaff, AZ

 

2013 National Humanities Medal

 

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  • M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic, Ithaca, NY
  • David Brion Davis, Historian, Orange, CT
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Historian, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Firor Scott, Historian, Chapel Hill, NC
  • William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar, Tappan, NY
  • Johnpaul Jones, Architect, Bainbridge, WA
  • Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Diane Rehm, Radio Host, Washington, D.C.
  • Krista Tippett, Radio Host, St. Paul, MN
  • American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization, Worcester, MA

 

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What Will Barack Do Today™, Tuesday The 22nd Of July, 2014……Everything.


By Jueseppi B. The Militant Negro

By Jueseppi B. The Militant Negro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"President Barack Obama in Denver, CO"

 

 President Barack Obama on Tuesday honors the Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon 45 years ago. Later, Obama signs a jobs training bill and then heads to Seattle for a West Coast fundraising swing.

 

 

White House Schedule – July 22, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, JULY 22nd, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet representatives of Apollo 11 to recognize the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks about new efforts to help expand opportunity for more workers by ensuring they have access to the training and skills they need for the good jobs of today. The President will sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help improve employer engagement and accountability across federally funded job training programs. The Vice President will also deliver remarks. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington. The departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Boeing Field / King County International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

While in Seattle, the President will attend DNC and Senate Majority PAC events at private residences. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s remarks at the DNC event, and the Senate Majority PAC roundtable is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Seattle en route San Francisco, California. The departure from Boeing Field / King County International Airport and arrival at San Francisco International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

The President will remain overnight in San Francisco.

 

 

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Tuesday, July 22 2014  All Times ET

 

10:35 AM: The President meets with Apollo 11 representatives, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

12:10 PM: The President signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the Vice President also delivers remarks, South Court Auditorium.

 

1:00 PM: The President departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

1:15 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

3:30 PM: Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House.

 

6:15 PM: The President arrives Seattle, Washington. Local Event Time: 3:15 PM. Boeing Field International Airport.

 

8:05 PM: The President attends a DNC event. Local Event Time: 5:05 PM. Private Residence – Seattle.

 

9:00 PM: The President attends a Senate Majority PAC roundtable. Local Event Time: 6:00 PM. Private Residence – Bellevue.

 

10:25 PM: The President departs Seattle. Local Event Time: 7:25 PM. Boeing Field International Airport.

 

12:10 PM:  Arrives San Francisco. Local Event Time: 9:10 PM. The President will remain overnight in San Francisco.

 

 

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On Wednesday, the President will attend a DCCC event in the San Francisco area, and later in the day will travel to the Los Angeles area, where he will remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to deliver remarks on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. Later, he will attend a DNC event. Further details about the President’s travel to Washington and California will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Friday, the President and the Vice President will welcome President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to the White House. The four leaders and Vice President Biden will discuss how to reinforce our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America to Mexico and the United States.

 

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up

 

July 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 22, 2014 12:10 PM EDT

President Obama and Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks and Sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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July 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

White House Champions of Change for Raise the Wage

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July 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases – July 21st & 22nd, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts

 

Remarks by the President at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall

 

Remarks by the President at Signing of Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

 

Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

 

FACT SHEET: Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity

 

Readout of the President’s Homeland Security Council Meeting

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Komorowski of Poland

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Signs Minnesota Disaster Declaration

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Ed Miliband

 

Office of the Vice President Announces Staff Changes

 

FACT SHEET: The Vice President’s Address to the 115th National Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

 

 

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‘Anything other than social media?’ State Dept’s MH17 evidence secret

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf described Russia’s statements on MH17 plane crash as “misinformation” – but when reporters asked her whether Washington would be releasing their intelligence and satellite data, Harf only replied “may be.” So far the US has been backing its statements by social media and “common sense.”

 

 

 

Train carrying remains of MH17 crash victims arrives in Kharkov, Ukraine

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

Bodies of the victims of the MH17 plane crash arrived in Kharkov on a train bound for Amsterdam, Tuesday. The corpses had first been loaded onto refrigerated railway carriages at Torez railway station, and once they reach their final destination they will be transferred to Dutch authorities. So far 282 of the 298 bodies onboard the plane have been recovered

 

 

 

 

Simply a waste: Speaker Boehner’s latest stunt

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

John Boehner and House leadership are on track for the least productive Congress in history—and now they want to waste even more time and money on a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama.

 

 

 

Thousands Of Palestinians Leave Their Homes In Gaza.

 

 

 

 American Citizen Who Was Beaten in Israel, Speaks.

 

Published on Jul 21, 2014

A 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Florida who was taken into custody by Israeli security forces during a family visit to the Middle East says he was beaten and kicked so much he lost consciousness. (July 21)

 

 

 

Earnest: White House is ‘Confident’ in Legal Basis for Health Care Law

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law’s success.

 

“You don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.”

 

 

 

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July 21st/22nd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Outer Oval Office before delivering a statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the situation in Ukraine, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Outer Oval Office before delivering a statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the situation in Ukraine, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts bow their heads during the benediction at the Medal of Honor ceremony for SSG Pitts in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. At left is SSG Pitt's wife Amy and one-year-old son Lucas. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts bow their heads during the benediction at the Medal of Honor ceremony for SSG Pitts in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. At left is SSG Pitt’s wife Amy and one-year-old son Lucas. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s Homegoing Service. And STILL I Rise.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Maya Angelou: I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud

 

Published on Jul 31, 2012

CDF mourns the loss of Maya Angelou’s powerful presence. Remember. Pay tribute by listening to her beautiful words and lyrical poetry .

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 25, 2012 . The poem she recited was the prelude to the National and Racial Healing Town Hall plenary session that included Trayvon Martin‘s parents. Dr. Angelou received a standing ovation from the more than 3,000 conference participants, nearly half of them young advocate leaders.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou, whose timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers, passed away last week at the age of 86.

 

Dr. Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel this morning, Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

 

The First Lady, who has called Dr. Angelou one of her “she-roes” as well as a friend, will be speaking at the service.

 

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Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, actress, author and civil rights activist known around the world, discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University. And, in the past four decades, she has inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86.

 

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Obituary

 

Doctor Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

 
From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus.. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and the Hungry I in 1953, to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2014; she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’ and in the 1995 film ‘How to make an American Quilt.’ There are too many other productions to name. She directed the films ‘Georgia, Georgia’ and ‘Down in the Delta.’

 
Dr. Maya Angelou’s first book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-six other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of Dr. Angelou’s works were best sellers and were published in a number of languages.

 
Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian

 
Leadership Conference in 1959. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X. She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be a voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.

 

Order of Service

 

Officiating

 

Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.
Senior Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 
Prelude Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble

 
Processional The Family of Dr. Maya Angelou

 
Welcome Mr. Elliott Matthew Jones, Grandson

 
Call to Worship Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

 
The Holy Scriptures
New Testament John 14: 1-6, 27 Ambassador Andrew Young

 
Reflection Ms. Cicely Tyson
Actress

 
Opening Song Just a Closer Walk with Thee Bobby Jones Gospel Choir

 
Official Tribute The Honorable Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States

 
Musical Tribute I Hope You Dance Ms. Lee Ann Womack
Written by Performing Artist
Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

 
Reflection Dr. Edwin Wilson
Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University

 
Order of Service:

 

Musical Tribute God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds. Performing Artist Ms. Alyson Williams

 

 

Reflection Ms. Oprah Winfrey

 
Musical Tribute Stand By Mr. Bebe Winans & Choir. Written by
Donnie McClurkin

 
Official Tribute Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

 
Eulogy
Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

Personal Tribute Mr. Guy Bailey Johnson, Son. Mr. Brandon Bailey Johnson, Great Grandson

 

Musical Tribute Remember Me Mrs. Valerie Ashford Simpson
Written by Performing Artist
Ashford and Simpson

 

Closing Tribute Mr. Colin Ashanti Johnson, Grandson

 

Recessional Been Found 1996 Recording, Dr. Maya Angelou
with Ashford and Simpson

 

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Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial Service

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speakes Saturday at a private memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou, the White House said.

 
The service takes at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Angelou first began teaching in 1982.
Angelou, who died last week at age 86, was a favorite of the Obamas. President Obama praised her as a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was named for Angelou.

 
Although Angelou supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she later endorsed Barack Obama. In a 2009 essay in Essence magazine, Angelou recounted how she sought advice from Oprah Winfrey before introducing the Obamas at an event and praised Michelle Obama for her “effortless grace.”

 

Wake Forest University says there will be other celebrations of Angelou’s life in other cities. Her son, Guy Johnson, will release that information at a later date.

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

 

 

Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University Cicely Tyson Maya Angelou pay their final respects to her at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University WINSTON-SALEM, N.C

 

 

 

BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial

 

 

 

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And Still I Rise

 

Uploaded on Apr 5, 2007

In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

 

 

 

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Full Remarks: Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, speaks at Saturday’s funeral service. We’ve posted his full, unedited remarks here

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman

 

Uploaded on May 25, 2010

Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman
Catherine’s English Project

 

 

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I Love You. I Will See You Soon.

 

I Love You And I Je, kwako hivi karibuni.

 

Mwen renmen ou epi mwen pral wè ou talè konsa.

 

Waan ku jeclahay Iyo Soon ayaan idin arki doonaa.

 

Ek is lief vir jou en ek sal binnekort sien.

 

Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou – Been Found

 

Uploaded on Jan 10, 2012

From the album Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou “Been Found” 1996.

 

 

 

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Maya Angelou Memorial Service

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